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Chic in Paris: Marche aux Puces

by habituallychic

05 . 28 . 14
People were always shocked when I told them I’ve never been to the puces in Paris before.  Part of the reason is that I knew they were expensive and a little farther outside the city.  My friend Eleanor insisted that I finally check them out so we took an Uber to Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen last Sunday.  I was surprised at the amount of mid-century modern furniture for sale but they have pieces from almost every decade for sale. I bought a small set of flatware and some beautiful napkins but I’m not sure I will go back that often.  I prefer the brocantes since they are right in the city and a lot cheaper but who knows, maybe you’ll see me there next weekend too. 

 I’ve never met a torchon (dish towel) I didn’t like and this place was full of them.  The Wall Street Journal has a great article about them in Dish Towels to Dry For online.

I hope my friend goes back for these dining chairs. They were fabulous!

I wish I had asked the price of this painting.

This seller was no where to be found which was a shame since he had a lot of good stuff. 

This beautiful dset of Limoges china was already sold. 

Some sellers specialize like this hardware dealer and others have a mix. 

There are some indoor dealers but a lot of the flea market is outside so you might want to double check the weather before you head out. 

There are plenty of places to eat and drink when your energy starts to flag. 

I misread the tag on this amazing set of china and thought it said 190 Euros not 1190. I was heartbroken. 

We saw a lot of cool cars at the puces too. 

I wish I had explored this booth a little more. The photos looked amazing. 

I really want to start buying old canes for my entry hall. 

The puces attract vistors of all ages and a lot of dogs. 
Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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  1. Lily L-M May 28, 2014 | 7:40 pm

    Your life looks like a dream right now!!

    x Lily

  2. Karena Albert May 28, 2014 | 11:04 pm

    Heather a great experience. LOve the Limoge china!

    The Arts by Karena

  3. Miss Sophisticate May 29, 2014 | 1:47 am

    Wow, I want that set of China too! I guess for a whole set it’s not completely outrageous, but expensive splurge when you’re not particularly looking for it or expecting to find it. I’ll just dream about finding those one day! I also love all the pretty artwork and the LV luggage. I’d love to get one of those smaller LV cases and use it as a decor piece on a console or something.

    And I agree, your friend should definitely go back for those dining chairs! 🙂

    Looks like you’re having loads of fun, Heather. Enjoy! xo

  4. Beth Gilman May 29, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Oh, I feel your heartbreak over that china…it’s going to be awhile before you recover from that one…I know it will for me, and I’m not even there!

  5. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures May 29, 2014 | 12:58 pm

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw the vintage LV luggage!

  6. Whitney June 15, 2014 | 7:58 pm

    Where are the brocantes? We went to Clingencourt today, but the in-town brocantes sound wonderful and we have 2 more days before we leave.